The Legend of the Tickle Bugs



Book: The Legend of the Tickle Bugs

Author: Tom Blubaugh

Illustrator: Becky Michel

Publisher: Trinity Press, republished 2017

ISBN-13: 978-1497584112

ISBN-10: 1497584116

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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 9-12

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Blubaugh, Tom.  The Legend of the Tickle Bugs (Originally published in 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; republished in 2017 by Trinity Press International, a division of Trinity Web Works LLC, 6 Centerpointe Dr., Suite 400, Lake Oswego, OR  97035). The Bible says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).  In the movie Mary Poppins, Uncle Albert sings, “I love to laugh, loud and long and clear.”  Everyone needs to laugh now and then.  Long before babies learn how to crawl and walk, they smile and laugh and gurgle.  The Legend of the Tickle Bugs is designed to make the reader (or listener) laugh by telling the story about the creation of the phenomenon known as tickling that produces laughter.  Where did the tickle bugs come from?  Who created them?  And how do they work?

While working with young people at camps and youth groups, author Tom Blubaugh has performed many antics to teach children through laughter, so it was only natural for him to invent invisible tickle bugs to tickle his fourteen grandchildren.  Then when his granddaughter Hannah called and asked him to bring some tickle bugs on his next visit, he was inspired to write this book.  In addition to being just plain fun, there is also the story’s message that will teach kids how God provides for everything for us.  They will love the adorable graphics as well.

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